September 14, 2004 @ 5:20 pm by sean
It’s quarter after 4 P.M. and I’m on xanga. I don’t know how, but I am. I wonder what else isn’t blocked. Oh, and I’m in my room. That’s a first.
“I wanna do better, I wanna try harder, I want to believe down to the letter.
Jesus and Mary, can you carry us, across this ocean, into the arms of forgiveness.”
I cannot get that song out of my head. I love it. The first time I heard it Matt was playing it on the piano, and considering him and his life circumstanecs at the time, it was absolutely beautiful and honestly better than the Over the Rhine version because of that. He played it with more emotion and purpose and intention than I’d seen him put into anything. It was like heaven. Him and I were wrestling with similar ideas and issues in life, his were a little more extreme and we handled them differently, but I was feeling the same thing he was while he was playing that song. And if I could sing and play the piano, that would have been the song I’d play. That’s definately a theme song to my life.
Soy is the future. I’ll explain:
If the point of capitalism is really progress and effeciency, than the most effecient way to spend money would be to get paid, then put the money directly into gas tanks of cars that run on our currency, build our houses out of currency, eat our currency, wear our currency, etc. So I would get paid, then give the money to a craftsman who knows how to build with that money. He uses my money to build and I give him some as a wage. In light of this genius solution, Jason proposed soy as a material for our currency. We can make food with it, drink it, probably already use it as a fuel additive. We’re already on the way. So we develop ways to recreate all food types with soy. This would eliminate all other agriguculture and everyone would collectively work on growing and improving soy. No corn fields, apple orchards, wheat fields, orange groves; it’s all soy that becomes currency, which is then formed into food. No more ‘inhumanity’ (inanimality?) to animals because we will have soy substitutes for all meat.
So we grow soy and make it into our currency in some way or another, whether it be bills, sheets, bags of soy, whatever, and then we take that to craftsmen who can make all kind of luxuries we currently use. There will be clothing specialists, food specialists, building specialists; everyone will have a purpose.
This is a capitalism I would support.
My History of Design II class is amazing. I don’t have time to read all of it, and I don’t participate in class discussion perhaps as much as I should, but mostly what we’ve learned so far is that capitalism has ruined everything. First, through Josiah Wedgewood and his pottery and the economic movement he was a large part of that eliminated craftsmen and reduced them all to simple workers who opperated a machine or who needed no special knowledge to do their job. Wedgewood him self said, “I want to turn men into machines.” I want to go back in time and have a stern talking to with him, perhaps followed by certain persuasive activities possibly involving my fist. Now we are learning how this ‘free market capitalism’ is really not free at all, it’s only free to the large corporations who are free to do whatever they want. The small local ‘Alwards’ grocery store going out of business in my hometown from the new ‘Meijer’ is a perfect example. Wendell Berry wrote a magnificent essay on the benifits of local economy and how the ‘free market’ is ruining community all over the place at the cost of making money. Small ‘non-developed’ countries no longer sell to their local economies, but instead to large corporations in distant places that may or may not buy from the same people next year, which would devestate the growers. We are made promises in capitalism(and communism as well) that if we make sacrifices now, like the sellers in non-developed countries, that eventually the free market will benifit everyone. But when, nay, if one gets benifited, they receive new promises and they are never fulfilled. The Amish have it right. They build only what they need, and all their processes use only means and technology that won’t take away from community. The labor of carriage building is divided up into 4 or 5 processes, but each process is done by a family. And that business gets passed down the family. Many people in the community participate in the production and no one is out to make a fortune. Infact, instead of hiring more people, a shop owner will help someone else set up their own shop, because he knows he isn’t creating competition for himself, just adding to the community. I’m in the business of making community, not money. And as Jake mentioned in class having worked at a bank, he was privvy to the banknotes of the Amish, and they are quite wealthy. Whose old fashioned?